Infective Arthritis Introduction

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When joint inflammation is caused by an infective organism, it is termed as Infective Arthritis. The causative organism may be a bacteria, virus or a spirochete. The infective organism usually reaches the joint space via blood from a primary site of infection. People with previous joint damage, diabetes, and those who have undergone steroid therapy are more susceptible to infective arthritis. It may develop after an operative procedure has been done on a joint. It is also more common in intravenous drug addicts. This type of arthritis is usually unilateral i.e. involves only one side of the body.

Prompt treatment is required in infective arthritis.